WHY KETTLEBELLS

Why not? They’ve been around forever, think the early 1900’s strongmen with their handle bar moustaches & cheetah print onesies, hello power lifters. Perhaps your a martial artist/mma fighter, well if they’re good enough for the Spetsnaz they’re good enough for you. Or maybe you’re just feeling a little bored.

THE 4 LEVELS

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The Beginner

Tired hitting the same old machines & free weights at the gym or you just have no time for the typical gym grind or you’ve hit a strength plateau that you just can’t break through.

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The Power Lifter

Adding some KB training allows you to train in 360*. & the bar is limiting your movement. KB’s whatever it is adding some kettlebelling into your life could just be the fix you need. Kettlebell workouts can target everything from strength gain, cardiovascular endurance, core stability, and joint mobility.

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The Athlete

MMA, Hockey, Gymnastics, etc. All athletes can benefit from adding kettlebells to their training regimen. You’re only as strong as your weakest link and there is no room for weak links in a competition. Core strength, joint mobility/stability, cardiac stamina, explosive power, these are things that all athletes in every sport need to have developed at the highest levels. Adding Kettlebells to your training regimen can help and be tailored to your specific needs.

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The Active Professional

You’re not a professional athlete, you hate treadmills, most of your weak is spent behind a desk and computer, and let’s not forget the daily commute. But you do like to be active so you play hockey, beach v-ball every week or you’re a Spartan/Mudder racer in the summer. The fact is you do need to do some extra training, first so you perform better in your chosen activity, second and most important to prevent injury. Kettlebell training is a great and quick way to address this. Just a couple hour long sessions a week can make a huge difference in your overall stamina.

KETTLEBELL OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.

KETTLEBELLS & D:

I got my first Kettlebell way back in 1999, I ordered in from Pavel T , the man who brought them to North America from Mother Russia. At the time the smallest bell you could get was 16kg, and so my practice and love of the Kettlebell began. 

About 5 years into my KB journey I started my Hapkido training, I went to the school and trained with Grand Master Hwang, I was the only woman I a room full of men and it made no difference. MH trained special forces around the world at one point and that is how we trained at his school, no pads no gloves, no weight classes or rounds. It’s a fight… But I digress, about 3 months into training I got my yellow belt which meant that now I would start fighting and learning throws. This is when I really appreciated my KB training.

The first throw I learned a was a suplex and I was partnered with my buddy who weighed in at 250lbs and stood 6’ to put it in perspective I’m about 5 7” and at the time weighed about 125lbs. First attempt at the throw I put my friend flat on his face in the blink of an eye, completely took everyone by surprise! They all thought I had a judo or wrestling background that I hadn’t mentioned, but no it was the Kettlebell. The throw I had just done mimicked the Kettlebell swing and after 5yrs of swinging throwing my buddy was just like swinging a Kettlebell.

After that I found Shawn Mozen of Agatsu Fitness. He trained under Pavel and is credited with bringing the Kettlebell to Canada. I became a certified Agatsu KB instructor in 2006 and have been training myself and others with Kettlebells ever since. Some for just general fitness, others for specific events like the ATS Physical (police, firefighters), The Ride to Conquer Cancer, and Fighters and even post rehab work. The point is the Kettlebell offers something for everyone.